After Riverdale Season 4 was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, the first three episodes of Season 5 showed the conclusion of the Core Four's high school years before revealing what they're up to as adults. Now, fans can get excited about watching even more twisted nonsense unfold in the Town with Pep, because the show has been officially renewed for another season. As you wait for the next big premiere, here are the Riverdale Season 6 details we know so far.
The new season was announced Thursday, Feb. 3, after just three episodes of Season 5 had aired. The official Riverdale Twitter account shared the big news with fans, writing, "Another round at Pop's! #Riverdale has been RENEWED for Season 6!" Several other big CW shows — such as The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Nancy Drew — also scored early renewals for their next seasons.
The good news doesn't stop there. According to The CW's chairman and CEO, Mark Pedowitz, Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is "thinking long-term on how to continue the Riverdale situation." From the sound of it, that means more spinoffs like Katy Keene could soon debut and expand the show's universe even more.
For now, though, Riverdale alone still has plenty of twists and turns to keep viewers guessing.
Riverdale Season 6 Premiere Date
Riverdale is making a big move in Season 6. The show has always aired on Wednesdays, but the new season will move to Tuesdays. Even better: Season 6 is slated to premiere on Nov. 16, just a few weeks after Season 5’s Oct. 6 finale. The new season will kick off with a special, spooky five-episode event before entering its winter hiatus and later returning in 2022.
Riverdale Season 6 Trailer
Just after Riverdale Season 5’s finale, The CW released a dark and creepy promo for Season 6. Notably, the promo changes the name Riverdale to Rivervale, which presumably reflects the change in tone of the first five episodes of Season 6. However, what that name change actually means is yet to be seen. Could we be witnessing an alternate reality?
On Oct. 19, the full trailer for Season 6 was released, providing even more haunting details about the witchy five-episode event kicking off the new season. The footage confirms Cheryl’s newfound proclivity for witchcraft will be at the heart of the event, and it even gave fans the first look at Kiernan Shipka reprising her role as Sabrina Spellman for the show. The CAOS crossover may not just stop there, either, as Veronica and Reggie reference a mysterious man as “the devil.” The biggest shock of all, though, is the revelation that Betty and Archie will seemingly be trying for a baby in the new season, which is something fans have theorized about throughout Season 5.
Riverdale Season 6 Cast
Unless something big changes, you can count on Core Four actors KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, and Lili Reinhart reprising their respective roles of Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Veronica Lodge, and Betty Cooper. Other main cast members like Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Erinn Westbrook, and Vanessa Morgan are also likely to return. One person likely not returning? Mark Consuelos. The actor who plays Hiram Logde announced he was stepping down as a series regular, although it’s possible he could return occasionally in a guest star capacity.
But here’s where things get really interesting. On Oct. 7, The CW revealed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka will appear in Riverdale Season 6. "We've been talking about having Sabrina visit Riverdale since Season 1, so it's thrilling that this is finally happening, as part of our Rivervale special event," Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Weekly. "It's also perfect that she shows up to help Cheryl Blossom during her hour of greatest need. Everyone on set lost their minds — I think fans will, too. It's really fun and special."
Riverdale Season 6 Plot
Shipka’s involvement in the “Rivervale” portion of the season may further support the belief that these episodes feature an alternate-universe version of Riverdale. There’s a long-running theory that the worlds of CAOS and Riverdale never really collided because they exist on different planes of reality. This crossover event just might confirm that.
Earlier, Aguirre-Sacasa shared a very interesting poster for Season 6 on Monday, Aug. 30. It features a large tree, half of which is thriving in beautiful sunlight on a lush hill, while the other half is decayed against a dark and gloomy backdrop. Even more unsetting was the caption: “Forces are gathering for the ultimate battle between Good and Evil as the cameras begin to roll on #Riverdale Season Six. But who will stand on which side? And who will live, and who will die? Everything has been a prelude to this.”
The dark supernatural elements of forces of good versus evil seems to be a tease at what fans now know to be a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in Season 6. Aguirre-Sacasa has spoken about his plans for an epic “Witch War” crossover between the two shows, which was scrapped when CAOS got canceled. But he still hasn’t given up hope on giving fans the long-awaited crossover, and judging by Shipka’s casting and this Season 6 teaser, it sounds like that could finally be happening.
But the grim finality of the poster and the accompanying caption had some fans wondering if Season 6 might be the show’s final season, despite the Riverdale cast and crew teasing plans for a seventh season in the past.
Clearly, there’s still a lot of mystery around this upcoming season, but as Season 6’s Nov. 16 premiere date draws closer, expect to discover a lot more details about what’s to come for Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead.
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